Richmond softball standout wins bronze at Worlds

Bryan Abrey belts four home runs for Canada in Czech Republic

Bryan Abrey helped Canada reach the podium for the third time in his decorated men’s softball career.

The 32-year-old Richmond native was a member of the bronze medal winning national team at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championships in Prague. Canada earned the final spot on the podium with a 2-1 win over defending champion New Zealand. Argentina defeated Japan 3-2 in the gold medal game.

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Abrey enjoyed a productive tournament at the plate going 6-for-11 with four home runs and a .545 batting average. He had two hits in a 4-1 win over the United States, including a home run. He also had an inside-the-park home run in a 4-0 quarter-victory against the host Czech Republic.

Canada went perfect in Group “B” preliminary play with additional wins over Denmark (7-0), Netherlands (12-0), Australia (4-1), Venezuela (2-1), Singapore (8-0) and South Africa (10-4). The gold medal bid ended with a 7-0 loss to Argentina in the semis.

Abrey was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning team in 2015. He also won bronze in 2017.

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